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The Different Kinds of Editing and It’s Importance

Self publishing is becoming more popular in India, and publishing is becoming easier and easier. More and more books are being published with poor presentation. Some of them, I can assure you, have promise. The tale or style, however, didn’t quite make it into their readers’ hearts. They are being negligent! There may be other causes, but I’ll concentrate on one key aspect.

Why Editing is Important?

In India, self publishing is growing in popularity and becoming more accessible. Poorly presented books are being released at an alarming rate. I can guarantee you that some of them show promise. But their audience didn’t exactly fall in love with the story or the writing style. They’re being careless! There may be more factors, but I’ll focus on one in particular.

Yes! You heard it correctly, and it is not what we already did at home when reading and rereading our text and making a few cuts, chops, and adjustments here and there. It is a far more in-depth, critical, and expert approach to reading a document. I assure you that it cannot be accomplished at home or with a friend’s assistance. Regardless of how well you write, your book may still require one of the following types of expert assistance.

The Different Types of Book Editing

1. Proofreading

After the book has been printed, the manuscript is proofread in publishing. A professional proofreader then reviews the manuscript’s final draught, or proof. The text is organised on pages and includes graphics, tables, and other text-related elements. These were once known as galley proofs (and still are when printed), but in the age of electronic publications, the term “uncorrected proofs” is more frequently used. They typically arrive as a PDF file.

2. Basic Copy Editing

Your manuscript will likely be returned by your copy editor with a tonne of suggested revisions. A copy of the author’s manuscript, often in a Word file, is what editors work on. They use the track changes feature and add notes to clarify any changes or recommend revisions. The author may then go over each update and decide whether to accept or reject it individually before making any required edits. Here the editor will correct the basic grammar, spelling and punctuation errors.

3. Developmental/ Comprehensive Editing

Developmental editing is a more thorough structural edit that concentrates on language’s finer points, including idea flow, transitional words and phrases, tone, and style. Substantive or structural editing are other names for developmental editing. Although it might be a challenging process, developmental editing is necessary to produce your best work. Your manuscript has to be heated up in order to become something beautiful, much like metalwork. Depending on the type of book you’re writing, it can entail eliminating superfluous characters, introducing fresh subplots, or rearranging the chapter order to improve the flow of your argument.

So basically, Editing is ‘Not to Avoid’ step when you are publishing your book. Depending on where you are in the writing process and the state your work is in, you may require different types of editing. The choice of how much or how little editing you want for your book ultimately rests with you, the author.

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